After a relatively long absence of updates to Google’s futuristic wearable, a new one is finally going to hit explorers very soon. Google announced yesterday on Google+ that is probably one of the biggest updates to the platform in quite a while.
First and most notably, Glass is being updated to Android 4.4 KitKat from the current Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. This will bring improved battery life, faster and easier updates, and more stability to the device. This update also allows developers to write apps for Glass using the latest Android SDK alongside Google’s GDK.
A few new features were also added including Photo Bundles, Photo replies, and many more. Photo bundles allows users to scroll through their photo timeline, photos are grouped together by period of time to save time scrolling. Photo replies allows users to send pictures taken with Glass through Hangouts.
Voice commands in Glass has also grown yet again as it has with previous updates. Now instead of seeing the same commands in the same order every time, Glass Explorers will see their most frequently used and most recently used commands at the top of the list.
One feature removed in the updates was video calls. Google says they removed this feature because fewer than 10% of Explorers were actually using the feature. Google says that they do want to bring the feature back in the future, but only when the experience is better.
Google says there are also several other news features and improvements coming in the update but they couldn’t detail them in their post. Google also has yet to detail when this update will hit devices but it shouldn’t be too far off.